Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:7 NLT
It’s been so long since we’ve had any decent amount of rain here, in southern California. Because of that, the trees roots haven’t gone down deep. They’ve remained closer to the surface to soak up what little water they could get during these last five years of drought. With all the recent storms, many trees have fallen. At first, I was surprised until I realized the roots couldn’t anchor the tree when the strong winds and rain came with the storms…they hadn’t gone down deep enough.
As I read this passage in Colossians, it dawned on me that we can be like those fallen trees. A friend of my girls has the task of watering all the trees around his property and I remember asking why he had to do that every day. He simply stated that the roots of those young trees won’t go deep without regular, deep watering. The verse above urges us to “let our roots go down into Him”
How do we do that? Well, the best way is spending regular, consistent time with Jesus in His Word. This will help keep us from being blown over, trampled, and tossed around when the storms of life come. Instead we are able to stand strong because we are anchored to Him! Spending regular time with Jesus also allows His truth to seep deep into our hearts which helps bring perspective…it helps us find things to be thankful for in the midst of the storm because our joy isn’t dependent on life’s circumstances but on the living water of God’s Word.
As we spend time with You, make our roots go down deep so that we are anchored, our faith will be stronger, and we will overflow with thankfulness in good times and in bad. ~Amen!